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    Picture of Killibinbin Blend Shiraz Cabernet 2003 750mL

    Killibinbin Blend Shiraz Cabernet 2003 750mL

    354
    This wine is an excellent example of just how well Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon knit together. The Shiraz component is rich, ripe and opulent, contributing brambly dark fruits and giving the wine plenty of body and middle palate, whilst the Cabernet aids the overall structure, contributing fine, ripe tannins and giving the wine a lift with plenty of sweet red berry fruit. The palate is soft, ripe and round, exploding with briary fruit and delicate hits of spice, earth and tar.
    Picture of d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2002 750mL

    d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2002 750mL

    132

    Chester Osborn, the remarkable person behind this enormous array of both impeccably high quality and value-priced wines, deserves considerable accolades for what he is able to achieve at all price ranges. If you love Australian wines, d’Arenberg is a winery to seek out as these offerings all possess abundant soul as well as character. In short, the accolades that proprietor/winemaker Chester Osborn receives not only from The Wine Advocate, but virtually everybody in the wine world, are all well deserved.

     

    Picture of d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2003 1.5L

    d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2003 1.5L

    135

    With a considerable portion of this wine being naturally fermented (no yeast added), the wine reveals earthy aromas of salami, game, and lipstick. These characters prevail on the palate with a smooth glycerol impact following through to the mid-palate, with the exotic characters growing and combining with tannins and a long complex finish.Structurally, the 2003 ‘Laughing Magpie’ is as full-bodied as the 2002 release with a more complex, rich mouth-feel, ending with a beautifully balanced array of fine, rich tannins

    Picture of Fox Creek Fox & Hounds Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 750mL

    Fox Creek Fox & Hounds Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 750mL

    157

    Appears bright cherry red with a darker plum coloured core. The nose shows licorice and dark fruits, toasty oak with a chocolatey rum & raisin aroma. The entry to the palate is soft with a rich solid palate that is typically McLaren Vale, with blackcurrant and stewed plum flavours. The structure is typical of Fox Creek showing ripe fruit tannin with integrated oak complexity.

    Picture of Fox Creek JSM Shiraz Cabernet 2001 750mL

    Fox Creek JSM Shiraz Cabernet 2001 750mL

    163
    A bright wine with a red rim and a darker plum coloured core. Spicy red cherry and dark cherry combination with a smoky character derived from 15 months in oak. There are also hints of caramel from barrel maturation and pepper from the Shiraz component in the wine. As a young wine, the entry to the palate is soft yet fresh. In the mouth the wine expands to give a range of flavours from cherry and dark berries to a spice-like quality. The tannins are firm, but soft enough so as to complement the fruit weight. The wine has a sweet middle palate, but finishes dry.
    Picture of Hobbs Of Barossa Ranges Shiraz Viognier 2005 750mL

    Hobbs Of Barossa Ranges Shiraz Viognier 2005 750mL

    291

    Berries are handpicked at optimum ripeness. Skill, attention to detail and passion invested throughout the wine making process produce wines that delight at the very first taste.

     

    Picture of Maxwell Marcus Shiraz Grenache Viognier 2002 1.5L

    Maxwell Marcus Shiraz Grenache Viognier 2002 1.5L

    370

    Established in 1979, family owned Maxwell Wines, with its seventy acre estate vineyard, has built a reputation for producing hand made, rich and robust reds that combine exquisite fruit quality with structure and finesse. Located in the world-famous McLaren Vale wine district in South Australia, the winery and vineyards benefit from one of the most favourable sites in the region, providing the wines with a unique expression of the acclaimed McLaren Vale richness and style. Maxwell of McLaren Vale red wines in particular are appreciated worldwide for the purity of fruit and complementary oak handling. With an annual crush of around 250 tonnes only, the winery is able to separately vinify and mature individual vineyard parcels, maintaining the delicacies and nuances of each batch prior to final blending.

    Picture of Henry's Drive Parson's Flat Shiraz Cabernet 2004 750mL

    Henry's Drive Parson's Flat Shiraz Cabernet 2004 750mL

    410

    Parson’s Flat plays homage to Padthaway’s early settlers with its classic Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet. The mail coaches of the nineteenth century not only carried mail, but also had an important function in connecting isolated country communities. It was not uncommon for the district Parson to use the coach system to visit and commune with his parish.

    Picture of Henry's Drive Parson's Flat Shiraz Cabernet 2004 1.5L

    Henry's Drive Parson's Flat Shiraz Cabernet 2004 1.5L

    411
    Parson’s Flat plays homage to Padthaway’s early settlers with its classic Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet. The mail coaches of the nineteenth century not only carried mail, but also had an important function in connecting isolated country communities. It was not uncommon for the district Parson to use the coach system to visit and commune with his parish.
    Picture of Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2001 750mL

    Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2001 750mL

    514
    The Descendant is a single vineyard Shiraz-Viognier, which as the name implies, is a direct descendant of RunRig. The Descendant vineyard Shiraz expresses tar and black olive, offset wonderfully by the velvety mouth feel with the jasmine and apricot aromatics of Viognier.
    Picture of Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 3L

    Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 3L

    521
    The 2004 Descendant is by far the most impressive release of this wine, the colour making that immediately apparent; completely black/purple with healthy, vibrant magenta hues. A pure, wild, powerful nose of blackberry and tar is complimented by a gentle floral lift of lavender and violets. Fullbodied with great concentration, silky tannins and perfectly judged extract, this vigorous and suave young wine has a long, long future ahead of it.
    Picture of Two Hands Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache 2002 750mL

    Two Hands Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache 2002 750mL

    629

    Inky purple, black in colour. Broody, tight-knit dark-cherry and carob aromas with sooty overtones. Stylish, rich fruit with lashings of blackberry, earth and clove spice. Assertive, well balanced oak in line with the fruit weight.

    Picture of Viking Wines Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2002 750mL

    Viking Wines Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2002 750mL

    681

    The black/purple tinted colour of this wine is followed by a pure liquorice and wild berry fruit nose. The palate is very firm in structure with fine powdery tannins, warm, rounded mouth-feel and long, dry finish. 

    Picture of Burge Family Winemakers SGM Olive Hill Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2003 750mL

    Burge Family Winemakers SGM Olive Hill Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2003 750mL

    15
    Burge Family Winemakers' old vine estate-bottled offerings, made by the modest, but enormously talented Rick Burge, are classic Barossa wines with extraordinary elegance as well as complex aromatics that combine European subtlety with Australian power.
    Picture of Henry's Drive Parson's Flat Shiraz Cabernet 2005 750mL

    Henry's Drive Parson's Flat Shiraz Cabernet 2005 750mL

    405

    2005 Parson’s Flat has a dense ripe cherry colour with a purple hue. The nose displays a concentrated array of mixed forest berries, smoky cigar box, spicy pepper, clove, caramel and mocha. An initial sweet concentrated explosion of luscious blackberry on the palate leads to savoury spice, coffee bean and liquorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is still evident, contributing some attractive leafy and spearmint/peppermint flavours. Firm and granular tannins leave the mouth with a persistent coating. A finely tuned blend that allows both varieties to express themselves.

    Picture of Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 750mL

    Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 750mL

    519

    The 2004 Descendant is by far the most impressive release of this wine, the colour making that immediately apparent; completely black/purple with healthy, vibrant magenta hues. A pure, wild, powerful nose of blackberry and tar is complimented by a gentle floral lift of lavender and violets. Fullbodied with great concentration, silky tannins and perfectly judged extract, this vigorous and suave young wine has a long, long future ahead of it.

    Picture of Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 1.5L

    Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 1.5L

    520

    The 2004 Descendant is by far the most impressive release of this wine, the colour making that immediately apparent; completely black/purple with healthy, vibrant magenta hues.

     

    A pure, wild, powerful nose of blackberry and tar is complimented by a gentle floral lift of lavender and violets. Fullbodied with great concentration, silky tannins and perfectly judged extract, this vigorous and suave young wine has a long, long future ahead of it.

     

    Picture of Viking Wines Grand Shiraz Cabernet 2003 750mL

    Viking Wines Grand Shiraz Cabernet 2003 750mL

    693

    With the Shiraz component being dominant, ultra-ripe blackberry, prune and chocolate flavours finish with reasonable persistence.

    Muscular-weight, it is supple and harmonious so there is no surprise that it is approachable now.

    Picture of Viking Wines Grand Shiraz Cabernet 2003 1.5L

    Viking Wines Grand Shiraz Cabernet 2003 1.5L

    694
    With the Shiraz component being dominant, ultra-ripe blackberry, prune and chocolate flavours finish with reasonable persistence. Muscular-weight, it is supple and harmonious so there is no surprise that it is approachable now.
    Picture of The Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2004 1.5L

    The Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2004 1.5L

    756
    The Standish Wine company was created when a small parcel of old vine Shiraz was sourced from my parent's vineyard. The century old vines are planted on the typical sand over clay soil profile characteristic of the Vine Vale sub region of the Barossa Valley.
    Picture of The Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2004 6L

    The Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2004 6L

    804
    The Standish Wine Company was created in 1999 when Dan Standish sourced a small parcel of Old Vine Shiraz from his parent's vineyard in the heart of the Barossa Valley. The 96-year old vines are planted on the typical sand over clay soil profile characteristic of Vine Vale the sub region of the Barossa Valley.
    Picture of Jim Barry 'Pb' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 750mL

    Jim Barry 'Pb' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 750mL

    5555

    It's fascinated the way by which Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon blend so well together in a harmony of the senses.

     

    Tasting notes:

     

    This wine has a rich inky red hue in the glass.

    On the nose it shows fruit cake characters, blackberries and cranberries, rounded off by secondary aromas of nutmeg with a finish of sweet mint.

     

    Bursting with vibrant bright red fruits, the palate has a lovely juiciness with a lick of earthy mushrooms and truffles. This wine has a nice oak drive, providing balance and persistence, which continues to develop. Feminine tannins maintain its youth with bright primary fruit and integrated sweet vanilla and cedary oak.

     

    Jim Barry

    Picture of Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2014 750mL

    Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2014 750mL

    5947

    From the cuttings taken from old vines used to plant the vineyard, and the Viognier skins the Shiraz was crushed onto, to the barrels it was matured in, this wine is directly descended from RunRig. 

    The 2014 vintage benefitted from a cooler period in mid-February, resulting in longer ripening periods and relatively low yields providing fruit with good concentration and depth.

    Descendant was picked on the 13th March with lifted aromatics and a rich, pure fruit profile.

    Intense, dark berry fruits with an underlying perfume of violet, lavender and spice. Dense dark cherry and blueberry fruit is perfectly interwoven with nuances of cinnamon, spice and pepper.

    Full-bodied with great concentration, and silky tannins this suave wine has impeccable balance and a long future ahead of it.

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